Greater Houston led the nation in over-the-year percentage gains in job growth. The region's employment rose 3.7% percent from January 2011. The Austin metro area came in second, while Atlanta took third place.
In terms of actual jobs, Houston added 94,700 new positions from a year earlier. That put the region in second place, behind New York City, but ahead of Dallas-Fort Worth.
Unemployment rates were lower in January than a year earlier in more than 90% of the nation's metro areas. Houston's unemployment rate for January was 7.6%, compared to the national unemployment rate of 8.8%.